9.30.2013

A BIRTHDAY SEASON GIVEAWAY


i've been working on a little side project this summer with my dear friend laura, shop-owner of JOHAN'S SON. (fun fact, laura was my sister's roommate in college). together we designed a couple of funny little tote bags. they're the first part of our HEY NATALIE JEAN + JOHAN'S SON collaboration line. (look for more pieces around christmas time!) i am stupidly giddy over these totes.

laura's shop is a little love letter to sweden, and these totes are little love letters to three of the most important ladies in my life, inspired by the questions i like to ask myself any time i find myself in an impossible situation

MARY || KATHLEEN || ANNE
(the kathleen kelly is probably my favorite.)

iiiiiiin the mean time, every year on my birthday i try to hold a little giveaway for my readers, because i think you are all the raddest and because birthdays are the best, i will think that til i'm dead. this week to celebrate my birthday and the entire holbrook birthday season, we're giving one lucky reader their choice of tote bag, which will arrive positively stuffed with all of my most favorite things.

here's what you can expect to find "in" your tote:

a pair of nina z camilla clog boots
$100 shopping credit to thief + bandit (adult or kid!)
a fjallraven kanken backpack in your choice of color from johan's son
a one-year free membership to HowAboutWe  (valued at $140)
a pair of brvtvs small vectis stud earrings
an alison show leather triangle mobile
two brooklyn tees from cute attack for your favorite small person
a copy of a well read woman, from the author herself!
a little sherrif tattly temporary tattoo
a gorgeous piece of lulufrost jewelry
$250 shopping credit to polarn o. pyret, our favorite stop for stripe-y all-weather gear
three pairs of freshly picked moccassins
a malin + goetz rum hand + body wash (my favorite favorite favorite)
a set of three senegalese baskets from garnet hill 
a special gift from shopmille (tbd--hah! happens)
$100 shopping credit to baublebar (they'd love it if you'd like their facebook page HERE.)
a copy of you've got mail, p.l. travers' mary poppins, or l.m. montgomery's anne of green gables (depending on your choice of tote)
plus a couple little extra something somethings from me. you know, don't be surprised if you find a bag of mini marshmallows or something in your tote. ;)

this is an instagram giveaway! so to enter, please instagram your tote bag of choice with the hashtag #happybirthdayheynataliejean. in the caption, tell us: what would kathleen kelly, mary poppins, or anne shirley do, were she in your situation? (this can be in relation to something personal in your life, or not at all, i mean, have at it!) please make sure you are also following both me and johan's son

our winner will be chosen friday and contacted privately, and packages will begin arriving on your doorstep the middle of october.

good luck and happy instagraming!

**for private accounts: please leave a comment under this post saying "posted and private" or something to that effect for your entry to be counted.

(a bit of technical assistance to those in need: to instagram a photo of the tote, you can use your phone browser to navigate here to the blog, save one of the photos below, then upload to instagram.)


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  1. Ha! I love the technical assistance.

    Lovin' these totes!! Anne Shirley for me please! Happy Birthday!

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  2. I went right on instagram and entered! This is positively the best giveaway anybody has ever hosted, ever. Here is hoping!

    #happybirthdayheynataliejean !

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  3. Do our Instagram accounts have to be "public" in order to enter?

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    1. oh thank you for the reminder! you can just comment here saying "posted and private" or something to that effect.

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    2. awesome; thank you Natalie. :D

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  4. What an awesome giveaway! Thanks Natalie! And what fun/cool/exciting project! Everyone loves a good tote. :)
    I can picture Kathleen carrying hers through the streets of NYC with a good book and flowers poking up through the top - daisy's of course.

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  5. I was so happy to find you...because, my name is Natalie Jean, also! I'd love to help celebrate your birthday; sadly, I don't use Instagram. Maybe I can have my son help me enter this. anyway, hope you have a wonderful celebration of your special day!

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  6. Is this open to fabulous Canadians?!

    LOVE the goodies. You have such good taste!

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  7. i am anne shirley obsessed! i was just quoting miss shirley last week, "tomorrow is fresh with no mistakes."

    http://semiweeklyeats.blogspot.com/2013/09/work-outfit-2.html

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    1. ahhh i mean miss stacey! monday brain over here.

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  9. Yay!!!! Entered!!! Fun fun fun giveaway!!!! ♥ Thanks!!

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  10. This is the coolest giveaway ever. Like seriously, love it!

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  11. Can us Canucks enter, too? (Please please please say yes - we always get left out of the best giveaways)

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  12. Posted and private!

    Such a great giveaway, Nat!

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  13. What a great giveaway! Posted and private (@theoriginalkob)

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  14. I don't have an instagram :( Hope I can still enter!

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  16. Posted and private. (@drelledgen) "What would Mary do? Help me organize my house -- a place for everything and everything in its place! #happybirthdayheynataliejean "

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  17. posted and private :) @lindshmars

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  18. posted and private @necia ^Kathleen Kelly would twirl, of course^

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  19. Posted and private! Coolest tote ever :)

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  20. Mary Poppins is my hero...posted and private ;)

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  21. I can't decide between Anne and Mary?!? I think I'm an Anne girl at heart. I've posted but I'm private. Happy Birthday! We celebrate all of our birthdays and our wedding anniversary in September.

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  22. Happy happy birthday! Posted and private @kaitlinwatkinsbailey

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  23. Posted and Private @runnerday. I also think you should know this post made my day and reminded me to think of what these women would do. Thanks!

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  24. Aren't birthdays just the best?! Posted and private @poppycarlisle

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  25. so glad you give the option for us private instagrammers to enter! So hoping I win! posted and private! (instagram account: @cait_kinney) Happy birthday!

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  26. posted and private! This would be so fun to win! Fingers crossed!

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  28. Posted, but private.

    Happy Birthday!

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  29. This giveaway is #supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

    Hope our birthday is filled with all sorts of wonder goodies, including raspberry cordial, bouquets of sharpened pencils and spoonfuls of sugar.

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    Happy Birthday!!!

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  30. Posted and private (@krcbuhler)!

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  32. posted and private @alladou

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  33. Posted and private @bradenschmitt

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  34. This giveaway is seriously the best! Happiest of Birthdays to you!

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  35. posted and private @makennalee

    "when you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does." Kathleen Kelly in my shoes today would buy some daisies since they are the friendliest of flowers.

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  36. Posted and private @ngould24. Happy happy birthday to you and your family! PS - I'm a Natalie Jean with a little boy living on the UWS too :)

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  37. Posted and private @thestunningtraveller. Anne Shirley would probably channel her name powers and realize that lie is still beautiful. Regardless of what happens. #happybirthdaynataliejean! #forrealsthough. :-)

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  38. Posted and private! @deannahole
    Happy Birthday :)

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  39. yes yes and a million times yes. even if i don't win, as soon as i have extra spending money, i will buy that kathleen kelly bag, i will, i will. she absolutely would. heading over to instagram!

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  40. Awesome giveaway!! Don't forget to enter mine as well! Last day today! Xoxo
    http://www.styleafterhours.com/2013/09/fabulous-fall-giveway.html

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  41. Following both you and Johan's Son, posted the Anne Shirley bag and private: @hi_deanna. Thank you for such a fabulous giveaway! Love these tote bags and cannot wait to see some more stuff at Christmas time. Very excited to look around Johan's Son shop site a little more. Wishing you many blessings in your new year. Happy Birthday!

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  42. posted and private @cmonayyy ugh, that kathleen kelly bag is amazing.

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  43. Posted & private @saracastro14
    Would love to win this giveaway!

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  44. Posted but private. Fantastic giveaway!

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  45. posted and private @trtoise
    following both

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  46. Posted and private! October birthdays are the best! I eek in on the last day, Halloween! Happy birthday Natalie Jean!

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  47. Posted and private! @feliciacoop: "Kathleen Kelly would rearrange her bedroom furniture" (and it's still September 30th in CA time, so hoping I still count!) Happy birthday!

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  49. Posted and Private!
    MY FAVORITE quote is from Ms Shirley herself!

    “It is ever so much easier to be good if your clothes are fashionable.”

    Because hell things always are a little easier when you look like one hot mama!

    HERE IS TO HOPING I WIN and Happy Birfday Miss Natalie Jean
    (following both you and JS)

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  50. Posted and private! @lucyaschwitters

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  51. Posted and private and following, of course. :) Love from AZ and happy birthday!
    @sstruthers33

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  52. Pleaaaaase tell me this giveaway is available worldwide? Would be awesomest!

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  53. posted and private! @secmoran

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  54. Can Australians enter? :)

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  56. Hmmm, my comment doesn't seem to want to show up (So, my apologies if I end up with duplicates!) Mary poppins would grab the bull by the horns, no doubt. Happy Birthday! posted and private @esship

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  57. Posted and private, @katiedehner. Happy birthday season, Holbrooks!

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  58. Posted and private; @ala77. Happy Birthday!

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  59. I've never entered a giveaway before but this one seems to good to be true!! I love your blog/Instagram posts! Happy birthday :)

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  60. This is an awesome, awesome giveaway, thank you! I hope I entered it correctly :)

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  61. this is amazing! happy birthday season!!! (posted and private)

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  62. Posted and private!

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  63. Posted and private! @fiorifire
    Happy Birthday!

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  64. Posted & private @Catherinesray1. Mary Poppins would help me find a way to get my son moving a little quicker in the mornings. Happy birthday!

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  66. Posted and private @ktkipster

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  67. Posted and Private @sarabelladora

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  68. posted and private! @jessjharts

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  69. So sad for me. I have neither a smart phone or an instagram. :( Oh how I would love to win this. This is such an amazing giveaway.

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  70. Posted and Private. Happy Birthday!!!

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  71. posted, private and following @oliveyogurt
    Happy Birthday Holbrooks!
    These totes are fantastic, I will be picking one up for sure.
    At this point in my life "What would Mary Poppins do?" is a constant for sure.

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  72. Posted, Private, and Following you guys! This is an epic give away for sure. Instagram Account: @rawhsugar

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  73. Posted and Private, and practically perfect in everyway. ;)

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  74. posted and private; this is perhaps the greatest, coolest, most fun giveaway I've ever entered!! and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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  77. posted and private, HAPPY BIRTHDAY

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  78. Posted and private ( the what would Anne Shirley do tote) Love!

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  79. Posted and Private @penelope878 HAPPY DAY OF BIRTH!!!

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  80. Posted, but private.
    Happy Birthday!!!

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  81. WHOA amazing giveaway! I just posted (not private, but it's @frecklesinapril).

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  82. Don't you just love New York in the fall? Happy bday!!! I love that you're hosting a giveaway to mark the occasion. Crossing my fingers, eyes, and whathaveyou that I win. I posted and it's fully public and out there.

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  83. Posted and private @glasgowlaurie Anne Shirley for me. Always, always Anne Shirley.

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  84. Posted and private (@jessykubal) Happy birthday! Mine is in October as well so I'm enjoying this birthday season!

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  85. Posted and private (@lissacris8) Happy birthday Season! I love reading about you and your wonderful family.

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  86. Posted and private (@melissalaguilar) and what a wonderful, wonderful thing to do for your birthday :) I'm sure Anne Shirley would do the same. Oh how I love, love Anne...

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  87. I don't have instagram :( This is an amazing giveaway!

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  88. Oh! Wonderful! Posted and private and following...I love the Mary tote, LOVE IT

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  89. posted & private! (sarahanderson83) thanks a ton!

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  90. Posted and private! An amazing giveaway.

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  91. THIS IS INCREDIBLE. Posted and private.
    @talamarieb

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  92. posted and private. Birthdays should always be celebrated!

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  93. Positively tickled over this bundle of birthday goodies! Needed a pick me up today so I watched good ol Kathleen while I entered this giveaway :) (@peytondeleon11) Thank you! Here's to wishin!

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  94. posted & private (@mackdubs) oh my i would looooove to win this giveaway, so much awesome swag!! :)
    oh, and you should know, it was a really tough choice between kathleen & mary p, i feel rather torn. happy birthday!!

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  95. POSTED! & private (@toricarlton)... Oh I would love Kathleen Kelly.

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  96. Posted!! And private! @liviberry

    Oh how I love me some Kathleen Kelly.

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  97. Posted and private. I love both blogs!!

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      Happy Birthday to you!!

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  98. Posted and private. I literally gasped at all the awesomeness that went into this. Recent changes have left us with severely tightened belts, but that doesn't stop me from lusting after all kindsa consumerist happyisms for myself and the Little Dude in my life.

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  99. posted and private :) i would obviously love to win, but i might have to buy the tote no matter what. i can just see using it as a library bag!

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  100. First of all: HAPPY BIRTHDAY and thank you for this wonderful giveaway. I can't believe the amount of goodies, the tote itself would make the perfect giveaway already and you're filling it with even more great stuff!

    Posted on my instagram, which is private (@lauraincal). I have loved Mary Poppins since I was a little girl, and now that I moved into my first real own apartment (one without roomates) I could use Mary to help me make it comfy and my own.

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  101. what a great giveaway! unfortunately, I can't afford a smartphone so no instagram for me. I wish there was another way to enter! I enjoy reading your blog and I love the Anne bag. I spent most of my early teen years reading and rereading and rerereading the Anne books, since I hadn't met any real-life kindred spirits yet. :)

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  102. posted and private =) anne shirley, i love her... Happy Birthday to you!! @babybunnyzombie

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  103. posted and private! @noceralmilk

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  104. Posted and private @traciebomb. Happy birthday lady!

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  105. Posted and private! @melisation

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  107. Would Anne have entered this giveaway? I think not. So, we'll just say that my loving kindred spirit entered for me. Here's hoping for a little Rollings Reliable kind of luck! Posted from Instagram name "vlhm", and I'm oh so private. Happy Birthday, Natalie!

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  108. Posted and private! @heylittlebit

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  111. Posted and private!! Your giveaways always have the best treats! Happy birthday to you :)
    @bonnikers

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  112. happy birthday!!! posted and private! I chose kathleen kelly! i'd love to win!!

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  113. Posted & Private. What an awesome giveaway! Have a Happy 31st!
    @bmic19

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  114. I don't have a smartphone, ipad, or anything to do instagram on - but I do love your blog and I do love the items on this giveaway, so, I'm commenting and hoping this will count for an entry :) Mary Poppins makes an adventure out of everything - which is what I need in my life right now - a little more daily adventure! Happy Birthday, Natalie!

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  115. In the interest of all these fabulous ladies (though I must admit that Mary Poppins is my favorite), it seemed incredibly important that I pass this along in case this blog isn't in your normal rotation...the prettiest You've Got Mail-inspired pencil bouquet. http://www.thehousethatlarsbuilt.com/2013/10/making-movies-youve-got-mail.html

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  116. Posted and private. On instagram I'm lindseythefox, in case you need to know that. Do you? I can't tell. Oh well, here's hoping for some silly luck. Fingers crossed. Toes too. (Lindseysjoy@gmail.com)

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  117. Happy birthday miss Natalie!! I am private on Instagram (@laceyhorstthomas) but I did post!

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  118. posted and private :) @edandnik
    i wrote the following: What would Anne Shirley do? Feel glad to be alive - it's such an interesting world! Because isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet :) #happybirthdaynataliejean

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  119. Posted & Private!
    Anne Shirley would get such a thrill from wearing a dress with puffed sleeves!

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  120. Posted and private! @katherinealexander

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  121. Posted, but private (@anaandthecat). Happy birthday by the way!

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  122. Posted and private! (Not sure if my comment went through earlier)

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  124. Posted and private. Thank 'yours', birthday girl! @cbruihler

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  125. "I'm so glad we live in a world where there are Octobers". Posted dear Natalie, and private :). Hope you had the happiest birthday. Instagram is @nempel xoxo

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  126. Posted and private! Anne would most certainly get in trouble for getting muddy in all the rain we've been having in the PNW!

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  127. Posted and private! That Anne Shirley would marry the handsomest doctor this side of Prince Edward Island.

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  128. Posted and private @cvjimenez28

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  129. posted and private: Kathleen Kelly would twirl. (@alicavazos) I hope the Holbrook birthday season continues to shine!

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  130. Posted and private @gavthang85
    Kathleen Kelly would grow some butterfly wings and take the subway to Bloomingdale's to buy a hat (which would turn out to be a mistake, as almost all hats are).
    Hope your birthday was fab and that this turns out to be your best year yet!!!

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  131. Posted but private. @cmsessions. Anne would probably wallow in the depths of despair for a while. But then she would get a haircut and totally own it! Yay for birthday season! Mine is in 2 weeks!

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  132. Posted but private. Anne would definitely win this giveaway.

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  133. Posted but private. Anne would definitely win this giveaway.

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  134. Posted and private. @rachelpharmer

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  135. Posted and private @kimbeauwhite
    Thanks Natalie!

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  136. So cool! Posted, but private. @sa0irse

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  137. Posted and private @kellyalhuff

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  138. Did I miss the winner announcement? I've been checking back here and on instagram since Friday but still hadn't seen anything...

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    1. Same here...So excited to find out who won this :)

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  139. Are you selling the Kathleen Kelly tote anywhere? I know this is an old post, but I have a friend who would love it! Thanks so much.

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  140. I know this is an old post, but are you selling the Kathleen Kelly tote anywhere? I have a friend who would love it! Thanks, Hope to hear from you soon!

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